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CENTAF releases daily airpower summary

1/24/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN)  -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.

Coalition aircraft flew 32 close-air-support missions Jan. 23 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. They included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Air Force F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons provided close air support to coalition troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Al Iskandariyah, Al Mahmudiyah, Al Miqdadiyah and Balad.

In addition, 10 Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

In Afghanistan, coalition aircraft flew 19 close-air-support missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They included support to coalition and Afghan troops, reconstruction activities and presence route patrols.

Five Air Force ISR aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Afghanistan. Also, Royal Air Force fighter aircraft flew in a non-traditional ISR role.

Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster IIIs provided intratheater heavy airlift support, helping sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. They flew 170 airlift sorties, delivered 335 tons of cargo and transported 3,070 passengers. This included approximately 18, 300 pounds of humanitarian aid air-dropped in Afghanistan.

Coalition C-130 crews from Canada, Japan and South Korea flew in support of either OIF or OEF.

On Jan. 22, Air Force and RAF tankers flew 27 sorties and off-loaded more than 1.9 million pounds of fuel.



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